Like Ralf Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen is another member of the F1 community who is being well remunerated for driving round and round in circles. The taciturn Finn banked an estimated £20m for bringing his own very personal interpretation to the role of Michael Schumacher's successor, a task which may still just squeeze him the 2007 world championship in the event that warring McLaren team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso end up in a heap at the first corner of Sunday's Brazilian GP at Interlagos.

That would be the ultimate irony. For five years the 'Kimster' drove determinedly for McLaren, always a potential race winner and well capable to beating all-comers on his day. He won a lot of races, although perhaps not as many as he’d have liked. But then the offer of a deal with Ferrari arose and he decided that he fancied the challenge of a new environment.

Yet this was an obviously very different team to be with than McLaren, and Kimi’s laid-back attitude towards team debriefs apparently caused a bit of concern. Rather than sitting in the team garage sifting through data, as Michael used to through to the late hours of the evening, Kimi and wife Jenni could often be seen strolling out of the paddock at five o'clock on a Saturday afternoon. It was quite a culture shock for the Maranello brigade.

Then came the rain-soaked Japanese GP at Mount Fuji, a stupendous challenge in terrible conditions. Kimi's blinding speed in the Ferrari F2007 in the closing stages, as he strove to beat Kovalainen's Renault, had to be seen to be believed.

Kimi, at the end of the day, is still the quickest of the crop, and though he'll need luck on his side, I think it would surprise few to see him snatch the driver's championship away from McLaren this weekend, just as Ferrari did the constructor's championship those few weeks ago.

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